Would De Gea still be in goal if it wasn’t for FA Cup final? Onana’s signing before it happened

Manchester United manager Eric ten Hagh, 53, has reportedly decided to sign Andre Onana, 27, after a lengthy search.

Manchester United announced on its official website on May 21, “The club has signed goalkeeper Onana from Inter Milan. The contract runs for five years until 2028 with an option to extend for one year. He will wear the number 24 shirt,” the club announced.

On April 24, British media outlet The Athletic UK reported the story behind the signing of Onana in an article titled “How did Manchester United sign goalkeeper Onana?”.

According to the publication, Van Gaal was not opposed to re-signing David de Gea until the FA Cup final, United’s final game of the previous season. De Gea was not the sweeper keeper Van Gaal wanted, but that was due to limited funds.

United were restricted to spending no more than £100 million ($165 million) net this summer. With so many other positions in need of reinforcement, the decision was made to hold off on a goalkeeping change until later, given that De Gea had won a Golden Glove for his performance at the end of the previous season and had shown improvement in his ball-playing abilities.

However, in the FA Cup final against Manchester City, De Gea was unable to keep out an easy shot from Ilkay Gundogan that ended the tournament. According to the media, it was after this game that Van Gaal decided to bring in a goalkeeper that suited him. 토토사이트

The Onana goalkeeper is represented by an agency called Wasserman Media Group. The company’s senior agent, Yalcin Sarika, was managing Inter right-back Denzel Dumfries. While making an offer to United for Dumfries, he brought up Onana and the negotiations took off.

United were also interested in AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Mignolet, but Milan’s sale of midfielder Sandro Tonali freed up funds, making Mignolet’s price skyrocket. Inter, on the other hand, were forced to sell Onana in order to make a move. A number of circumstances conspired to bring Onana to United, and after negotiations, he joined the club. He will wear the number 24 shirt, but will be the No. 1 goalkeeper.

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